Sleep, Vatican, Sleep!

You may have noticed that I very seldom post about some speech of the Pope. The reason for this is that I rarely (nay: almost never) find them of any relevance whatsoever in dealing with the concrete, everyday problems of the life of Catholics.

I do not mean here that a Pope should thunder every Monday against Obama and every Tuesday against Cameron, though that would be good, too (A Pope is a head of State, but a Pope first; strong Popes of the past never had a problem in confronting Kings and Emperors). I also do not mean to say that a Pope should not talk about peace, love, and other Christian subjects.

What I mean is that by reading the Pope’s messages you wonder whether the news from  Planet Earth manage to enter the offices of the Vatican.

There is almost no day without some new attack on the Christian society, perpetrated by heads of governments, parliaments, judiciary, down to universities, Cardinals, Bishops, and even parish priests. One would expect the Pope to become very stern and very vocal in the defence of Catholicism, and to take the lead in the battle.

Keep dreaming.

Instead, the typical fare coming from the Vatican is the kind of generic waffle which either doesn’t criticise anyone or, if it does, does it in a way that no one needs to feel criticised.

The United Kingdom’s PM might be thinking of launching a same-sex initiative in parliament against the majority of his own party, obviously relying on the Labour votes to make a favour to his girlfriend Clegg and, it is increasingly suspected, keep getting sex at home. Popes of the past would have made his life very difficult.

The US elections showed the Church has almost no grip on the “catholic” electorate, and even her US leader thinks it smart to rub oneself against the president, just in case he should win. I remember reading that in England the entire country was excluded from communion in the XVI century at some stage of the conflict with Henry VIII. Let us say this again: A Pope took away communion from an entire country. In the US, we are probably going to hear another lecture about the importance of “encountering another”.

The HHS mandate threatens the freedom of not only Catholics, but every American. In the past, when the freedom of Catholics was threatened Popes started organising wars, and certainly weren’t shy in saying who was a friend and who was an enemy.

These are just few examples taken out of three seconds of reflection; every one of you can add countless other issues, big and small.

Now let us move on to the Catholic News Agency, and let us see what weapons the Pontiff is using against the deterioration  of everything Christian all over the West. As per today I find the following:

“Pope reflects on finding faith in a secular world”: the talk is about “experience of God”, “encountering another”, and such like.

“Pope Calls faith, reason essential to human freedom”: 70 scientists are lectured about  “a new vision of the unity of the sciences.” Expressions like “participated being” rear their ugly head.

“Pope reflects on the power of love”. Love is this, love is that. All fine of course, but there’s nothing against Obama, or Cameron.

It’s all like this. If it’s not love is charity, if it’s not charity is understanding, if it’s not understanding is dialogue. All very edifying, no doubt (apart form the “dialogue”), but when it comes to what can make a difference, that is: taking a hard stance on the modern world’s controversies and the battlefields that are shaping the world of the future generations, the Pontiff is utterly and absolutely nowhere to be seen, and rather makes the same impression as the photo above.

In past times, far lesser attacks to Christianity than what is currently going on in countries like the US, Canada and the United Kingdom would have caused prominent excommunications and a promise of cold or – perhaps – warm war.

Nowadays, Joe Biden has just been reelected Vice President, and all we will probably hear is some common place who does not say he is wrong, let aloe punish him. You are unlikely to ever hear from the Pontiff anything even remotely similar to this , and the man who has the gut to talk so beautifully and openly is not some agit-prop, but a Bishop of the Church; one of those who seem to be appointed by the Pope only by mistake, or fortunate coincidence.

The Vatican is fast asleep. What happens outside seems not to concern them and if it does, it is as if Pope and Cardinals thought they are the last one called to vocal and concrete  opposition, as opposed to generic waffle.

Sleep, Vatican, sleep.

One day you’ll wake up to jail and persecution, and it will be your fault.


Posted on November 10, 2012, in Catholicism and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Well said, unfortunately.

  2. Just as the stronger popes of the past had no qualms in confronting bad emperors, of which there have been plenty, the emperors had no qualms in confronting bad popes, of which there have been plenty, also. Note that we have had, essentially, bad popes for 50 years, but no emperor. Maybe it’s time to call an Election, but I’m pretty sure the Bishop of Mainz would not do so, and the popes will continue appointing men to the See of Mainz that will not call for an Election. In short: we’re stuck in a rut.

    • The problem is not the absence of bad Emperors, but of courageous Popes.

      In a democracy, a head of government can be scared obamaless much more easily than an Emperor could have been scared in his times. The nature itself of democracy makes so that every well organised group can punch much above his weight, because it is.. organised and as such able to translate its actions in votes.

      The lobby of the perverts has been doing this for several decades now, and it counts perhaps 1% of the population. If the Vatican were to **seriously** call the faithful to arms, you would see an army of politicians running for cover and swearing they always were extremely respectful of Catholic feeling and traditions.

      If you ask me, a contemporary Pope has a much easier job than a Pope or prelate of the Past.



  3. We should understand that the Pope is an elderly men and we should be grateful for what ever he has done for the Church!
    This is the sign that we shall pray more oftentimes and even stronger for the new recruits of God’s vineyard!

    • I am sorry Father, but I can’t let this pass.

      If the Holy Father is not up to the job, he should resign and let a younger Pope do what is necessary. To let Catholicism wither because the Pope is old is certainly not the solution, and to let everythign pass because the Pope is “an elderly man” is what has brought us to this mess in the first place.

      Besides, being old has never been either an excuse or an impediment. Enrico Dandolo led Venice personally in battle, at ninety years of age, and almost completely blind, whilst the arrows flew around him. Many were the Popes who were never scared by their age, or by their enemies, or even by the immense scale of the task before them (Urban II comes to mind).

      Ronald Reagan became President at Seventy, and crushed an evil empire.

      if the Pope has a best before date let it be known, so that the Cardinals may select fresher Popes. But frankly, I think age is the very last thing to do with it.

      Age is never an excuse. Particularly not, when the responsibilities are as big as the ones of the Pope.


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